BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for ambitious 16 to 19-year olds aiming to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries. Hands-on filmmaking courses builds knowledge and skills and shows the pathways into the industry for talented and committed young people, with an excellent track record of inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and crew.

Craft Skills Course

As part of the BFI Film Academy specialist course programme our Craft Skills course is delivered via a summer residential in Edinburgh.

Young people aged 16 to 19 across the UK will join us to receive advanced and intensive craft sessions focusing on screenwriting, cinematography, sound, directing, production or editing, take part in masterclasses with award winning film industry experts, and view the UK’s best short films.

They work with professional actors, use industry standard equipment, and collaborate in teams to produce short films, which upon completion are screened for industry guests, friends and family. Each learner is also given key advice on industry entry and supported to produce a personal development plan to aid their next steps in film.

Industry Experts

Our previous Craft Skills course participants have learnt from talent working on a diverse range of films and tv drama including Slumdog Millionaire, Eden Lake, The Angel’s Share, Children of Men, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Descent, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Girl with All the Gifts, I Daniel Blake, Tell it to the Bees, Macbeth, Not Another Happy Ending, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Calibre, Sunshine on Leith, Under the Skin, Beast, Anna and the Apocalypse, Star Wars, Outlander, Downton Abbey, Skins, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror and Sherlock.

Course Dates

Our summer 2021 Craft Skills Residential course takes place from Saturday 31st July to Saturday 7th August in Edinburgh, with screenwriting, film watching and group development taking place via virtual learning from early July in the lead up to the Residential.

(If Covid 19 restrictions remain in place, the course will take place via virtual learning, with a weekend film shoot in Edinburgh for each team. We'll engage with all course participants to set the most appropriate dates throughout July and August)

Course Fees

We welcome applications from all talented young filmmakers. Fees range from zero to £50 for the course.

Please don’t let the cost deter you from applying. If a young person is offered a place on the Film Academy and can’t afford the course fee or other associated costs, our bursary scheme can help them – if you have the talent we will make sure you can attend.


Any young person who has previously attended a BFI Film Academy Specialist/Residential course or is currently at University, or will be at the time of the course taking place is not eligible to apply.

Our application deadline is June 18th.

To watch our BFI Film Academy films, click here